Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus!
Each year on the 25th January Wales celebrates St Dwynwen’s Day, a day that holds a tragic love story that should be rejoiced for the selfless act of one young woman called Dwynwen.
Dwynwen is the Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers, who had the misfortune of having her heart broken. Betrothed to someone other than her lover, Maelon, her father refused to consent her marriage to him. Maelon directed his anger towards his sweet love, causing her much distress and further heartbreak. Dwynwen wanted nothing more than to forget her love, so whilst she slept an Angel came down and gave her a potion in which would erase her memories of Maelon and turn him to ice.
Despite herself, when she woke up she was horrified to see him as an ice sculpture and begged something be done. The angel granted her three wishes; the first was that Maelon be thawed and for him to forget her; her second, to have God look kindly on the hopes and dreams of true lovers whilst mending the broken hearts of the spurned; and the third was for her to never marry, but to devote the remainder of her life to God, as thanks for saving Maelon.
Dwynwen founded a church there, remains of which can still be seen today. After her death she was declared the Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers and ever since, Welsh lovers have looked to St Dwynwen for her help in courting their true love, or for forgetting a false one.
Hand-printed, stitched cards by Cornelia O’Donovan RCA –For You, With Love
‘Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils’ by Ann Swan
The Art Shop Botanical Starter Kit – perfect for beginners
Fabriano Venezia Sketchbook – smooth Fabriano Accademia drawing paper 200gsm in stitched sections
John Derian & Co pins, postcards & wrap
Prestel’s ‘The Green Florilegium’ – with 400 illustrations
Assortments of ribbons, garlands & lots more…
‘I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street’ W H Auden
…a piece of exquisite, hand-stitched jewellery by Amanda Caines, a book of Welsh poetry, a hand-thrown cup by James Burnett-Stuart (‘Of all pots the cup is the one we have the most intimate relation with. We raise it to our lips, we cradle it, we wash it. Daily, several times a day. We have favourites.’), a hand painted bead necklace by Louise Brosnan RCA, a small box of pink, violet & orange Unison soft pastels, a Kaweco fountain pen, design from 1935 (a friendship for generations), a pocket Moleskine Japanese Concertina sketchbook, a limited edition metal box of Conte a Paris sketching crayons, a John Derian ‘Love’ badge… be romantic.
Why not choose from our unique selections of hand-printed cards and wrappings that you can embellish and colour yourself – good enough to frame. Lots of small, precious, carefully selected gift ideas.